Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Groovi Parchment Craft Christmas cards - with Silhouette!

Hello friends,

I've been mixing my stash of designer papers, stamps, inks, Groovi plates, dies and of course my Silhouette Cameo to make a few Christmas cards.  These were made by the ladies who came to my Groovi classes during November.

I wanted to share how to use large ball tools and shader tools to white emboss on Parchment for a larger area and I also wanted to show my students how to change up their Groovi nested plates a little, using these techniques we made this card....

Can you see how we used a few dots to break up the lines on the Groovi nested circle, I was really pleased to come up with that one, I hadn't seen it before.  We used Pergamano pencils to colour in the bits that are coloured, blended the colouring with a tiny amount of alcohol and then very gently embossed the body and face of the snowman.  I'd still rather not use brads on parchment, so like usual, I made a frame to fit perfectly, on my Silhouette Cameo.

After photographing the card I thought it needed a little something extra so I produced a matching rim, again using my Silhouette machine.

The next technique I wanted to share was how to make beautiful coloured parchment papers similar to the Clarity ones.  I love the Clarity ones, I think all the ladies I teach here own them, but I really wanted to try and make my own, choosing the colours that I like....

I die cut the parchment using a dotted frame die, on the back we dabbed (with a sponge) Brushos mixed with alcohol, it was great fun.  We stuck the star die cut on the the front and hid Perga glue behind the bits on there to attach the parchment to the background mat and card.  Again not a brad in sight, just carefully dotted glue ;)!

Our final card was actually more about the envelope than the card, to be honest.  I found a great envelope made by someone on Pinterest and thought it would be a fabulous parchment project.  I made one in parchment but it wasn't great (I wasn't careful enough with the scoring so the parchment tore a little bit in places), I showed my students and we decided to go with making a paper one in class, they then had the option of making a parchment one at home.

The card is very simple!  There are actually two different ways of folding the envelope for two different effects, you'll work that out if you make one!

I hope I've inspired you to change up those nested Groovi plates and try a little something new with your parchment craft.

Happy crafting.

Carole x

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Silhouette Cameo - Lessons - Graphtec UK & NEC Hobbycrafts show 2017!

Hello Friends,

What a fabulous day I had yesterday at the Craft & Hobby show at the NEC.  I was given the chance to demonstrate for a short while on the Silhouette UK stall, so that Lisa could have a little break.  I really enjoyed being back at the NEC demonstrating, it's been years since I was last there "on a roll" and I loved it!

They are a great bunch of people, showing, sharing knowledge and selling great Silhouette products and I'd like to thank them for giving me a little go, at what I used to do best!

I chatted to lots of people and it seems that there are lots of ladies out there who do need help with the software.  I have been teaching on a one-to-one basis for about 5 years now and am happy to discuss with you about what you'd like help with and how I can help you, to get the best out of your Silhouette Cameo or Portrait machine.

Over the years I've given one-to-one Silhouette software lessons to a jewellery designer,  a book binder, a few ladies interested in home decor, three or four teachers who bought the machines for decorating their classrooms, and quite a few card makers and scrapbookers.  Most of these ladies have travelled miles and miles, either by car or train (I can pick you up from my local station - 3 minutes away) to my home, where they have been given my full attention on how to help them the best.  They also get ongoing support for a few weeks afterwards, just in case they need reminding of anything.

You can learn a lot by designing and making a card, no matter what you use the your Silhouette Cameo for, you do need to learn the basics.  You can do that by yourself, there are so many wonderful on-line tutorials out there or you can indulge yourself, take away the search and the stress by spending a day with me!

My contact details are on the right side of the screen.  Email me if you are interested in learning about how to get the best out of your Silhouette Cameo or Portrait machine, or if you'd like a lesson before you decide to make your purchase!  I'm guessing some of you reading this haven't even got yours out of the box....go on - do it - unbox it, download the software and have a play - you certainly won't regret it!

Happy Silhouette crafting.

Carole x

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Silhouette Cameo 3 - workshops, classes, one to one tuition

Hello everyone,

I'm so excited, I just can't hide it!  Look what's just arrived!

I only decided to order one yesterday lunch time and it's arrived today.  Thank you Graphtec for your very prompt service, I am so impressed!

To begin with, when I got it out of the box, I thought it was much bigger than my Cameo 1, but it's not all that much bigger.  It's just more solid and better designed, I'd say.

I was going to wait for a while before I upgraded but it seems that the launch of this new machine has bought more interest to my little old blog :).  I am having requests again for one-to-one tuition, on the Silhouette software.

I taught a wonderful lady last week who had bought her Cameo 2 about two years ago and hadn't even gotten it out of the box!  In fact she tried to return it to the supplier she bought it from, hopeful for a swap, to no avail.

The lovely lady concerned felt better about her machine, when she saw my old Cameo 1, still working for me and doing what I want it to do, chugging away merrily after about 5/6 years!  She doesn't need to upgrade, now she's had a one-to-one with me at my home, she just needs to get it out of the box and get designing and cutting!  She will be brilliant at, when she gets going - she's a jewellery designer!

So what made me upgrade?  Well, I've had another couple of enquiries about tuition, one lady I can't contact because she left me a comment on my blog post and I have no way of contacting her......hope she's reading this and another lady who has booked a whole day with me the week after next.  The lady booked in to my diary has a Cameo 3!  So there we are.....I need a new one!  There a fair bit of difference between the two machines and in order to get myself up to speed, I could have watched a whole load of Youtube videos or I could "just" buy one!

I would consider myself an expert in most of the features of the Silhouette software, that a general card maker or scrapbooker would want.  If you spent a day with me, you could get yours out of the box, with the confidence that you can make beautiful projects, using the features that you're most interested in.  We would exchange emails where I listen and learn from you what you're actually looking to create, so that I have an idea of how I'm going to get you to get the best out of your machine in a day!

I'm so looking forward to sharing years of knowledge and tips side by side with you.....

For details, email me, my email address is just over there......on the right of your screen!

Happy crafting!

Carole xx

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Groovi Parchlet Twinchie

Hello friends,

I've got a colourful parchlet twinchie to share with you today made especially for our FB groups creator, Tina Cox.

The actual parchment part of this card is just 2 x 2 inches.  Tina loves grid work so I included some of that on my little piece.

We were asked for "colourful", which is quite out of my comfort zone, to be honest but I'm pleased with how my colourful work turned out.

I used one of the Groovi plates Tina designed for the butterfly, it is actually my favourite Groovi plate - I love her designs and style.  I also used the nested square frames and the piercing grid to make my pattern.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the tag style card and mat with the two and a quarter inch square aperture.

I hope you find some time to craft today.

Carole x

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Groovi Parchment Twinchie

Hello Friends,

I have another little twinchie to share with you today.  This week our FB group is using silver in our creations.

We are thinking about and making awareness of all these charities:

Brachial Nerve Plexus (BNP) - Silver Ribbon with a bell (Also Blue Ribbon)
Brain Disabilities
Brain disorders awareness
Campaign for the Brain
Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT)
Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) AwarenessDisabled Children
Elderly Abuse
Essential Tremor
Gynaecological Cancer awareness (NZ)
Kienbock's Disease (Silver and Black)
Medical Device Injury Awareness Niemann-Pick Ovarian cancer awareness (Australia)Parkinson's Disease Schizophrenia
PainStalking Awareness
Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

With the terrible news that hit London again yesterday, I kept my creation simple, thinking of all involved with that tragic incident.

I've silver embossed the sentiment, used the new Groovi Spacer plate, the Nested Square plate and the Scalloped Nested Square plate.  I cut the aperture with my Silhouette Cameo and matted the parchment on silver mirror card.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hope you have some time to craft today.

Carole x

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Groovi Parchment Twinchie gate-fold cards - Silhouette Cameo weld function

Hello friends,

Thanks for popping by again today.  I've got two 5 inch square, gate fold cards to share with you today.  Over on the Parchlet Treasures FB page they are asking if we could use orange for some of our artwork this week, to hight light lots of different charities.

Checking through my stash, I came across this rather beautiful paper, it's sort of a pinky orange colour so I thought I'd use it.

Anyone who knows me, will know that I will always spend a little more time on the actual card design, composition and how I'm going to mount the parchment, than the actual parchment piece!  It's just the way I'm programmed, I suppose.  This is why I'm really liking these parchment twinchies, I can make a small simple piece and go from there.

I designed and cut the decorative mats on my Silhouette Cameo, it's easier than you think!  I welded together an oval, a square and a couple of rectangles, it's as easy as that!  From there I was able to make the gate fold square card, with the exact same shape cut away - simple!

As you can see from the second card, I even designed and cut a couple of slots to hold my parchment piece into the top mat :)!

The parchment twinchie on the first card is only held by that one tiny brad in the centre of the flower at the bottom.  I think people think that they need to put a brad in each corner but it's not necessary for such a tiny piece, I don't think, as the parchment itself is fairly strong and rigid, it easily holds up on its own, even if the brad is in the bottom corner ;)!

Just so you know, the cut out heart in the centre of the second parchment twinchie is a design change!    I had a big accident with my Perga glue so ended up pricking the heart and instead of snipping it out, with a chance of ruining my Perga cutters, I gently tore it out ;)!  So pleased that the Parchment Police can't get me for that these days ;)!

Thanks again for popping by and thanks for looking.

Carole x

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Parchlet Treasure


I've got another little Parchlet Treasure to share with you all today.

I used various Clarity Groovi Plates to create this piece and I've used Perga glue to mount the parchment onto the card stock.

Thanks for popping by.

I hope you have some time craft today.

Carole x